Our Prayers are with Rusty

“Rusty is a beloved, revered and larger than life figure at  the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. He is held in the highest esteem by our Board as well as the widows, widowers and children of fallen first responders whom we have served for decades. Our prayers are with Rusty as he continues to battle to overcome his current health challenges. I would ask all to respect his privacy and pray for his recovery.”

-Stephen Dannhauser, Chairman of the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund


28 Comments on “Our Prayers are with Rusty

  1. Angela Moraglia says:

    I met Rusty Staub several times at the Met Picnic for the NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Fund. A real gentleman and always took the time for the kids. Rusty “Daniel” Staub is someone kids can look up to. I know for the past several years he has had health issues. Prayers being said for his recovery! Thank you for caring, we care for you too and want to see you again signing autographs at this year’s picnic.

    1. Elizabeth Vairo Edgar says:

      🙏🏼 he had been an angel to all of us. God be with him❤️

  2. Debra Guja says:

    Prayers to Rusty. An awesome man. God Bless him 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Patricia DeAngelis says:

    Sending lots of prayers, hope and light from my heart.

  4. Kathleen Vigiano says:

    You are in our Prayers Rusty. Thank you for all the Love you have given us and what you have done for our children, you are gods messenger. Love Kathy Vigiano

  5. The Davidson Family says:

    Rusty Staub is a wonderful man who made my children feel really special from the first Widows’ and Children Met game and picnic. He was never too busy for a picture or to chat with you and has a smile to light up a room. We are sending you our love and prayers!

  6. Debra Ahearn says:

    Prayers for Rusty’s recovery. Thank you for the love and support you have shown the widows and children.

  7. The Bucca family says:

    Rusty we would like to extend our hand in support and caring for you as you face your current challenges just as you extended yours to us in our time of need .

  8. Joanne Barbara says:

    Rusty has always been an advocate for first responders and their families. A true gentleman. My family and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  9. Louise OConnor and Family says:

    Prayers to you Rusty. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have provided for the families of those killed in the line of duty. Your time, generosity and love will never be forgotten. You are a great man with an even greater heart. May God give you the strength and courage to get well.

    1. Barbara A Nugent says:

      The Nugent family sends our prayers to you.The good Lord knows all the good acts and works you have sent out to these familes who felt so desperate and alone.
      God love you Rusty.

  10. Joan Puwalski says:

    I pray for Rusty’s recovery. Thank you for all you have done for the widows and orphans through the years! You are a amazing man!

  11. Louis Ricciardelli says:

    Please get well Rusty. The world is a much better place with you in it. You are loved by the entire charity and respected by everyone that you’ve touched. Hang in there my friend.

  12. Robin Lipman says:

    Thank you for the beautiful sentiments and prayers, Mr. Dannhauser…..
    Needless to say, I’m absolutely devastated by what is going on, and I have been praying and praying NON-STOP for Rusty, and for his recovery…. I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much Rusty means to me…. <3
    I have LOOOVED him from the bottom of my heart ever since the first second I saw him pop his GORGEOUS head out of the Mets dugout in his first game as a New York Met, back in the '70's when I was 10 years old, and have ADOOOORED everything about him, ON and OFF the field ever since…..
    Dear G-d….. PLEASE watch over this GENEROUS, LOVING, WONDERFUL man who has been my IDOL and INSPIRATION for my ENTIRE life. What an INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE person he is and I just PRAY with EVERYTHING I have in me, that he makes a full recovery….
    PLEASE, PLEASE tell him that we NEEEED him here to do the WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL work he does, and to spread his HUMANITARIANISM and GOOD WILL for MANY, MANY more years to come.
    I hope he is aware of the TREMENDOUS outpouring of LOVE and PRAYERS for him and continues to stay strong and keeps fighting …. May G-d bless him ALWAYS…. <3

  13. The Prange family says:

    Our prayers are with you Rusty at this difficult time In your life. Your a good and kind man
    And we thank you for all you have done for our family and all the families of the FDNY and NYPD
    🙏 Jacqueline Prange & Sons FDNY


    Our thoughts and Prayers to you Rusty for a speedy recovery Thank You for all your support to our family and the family’s of the Police & FireFighters Widow & Children’s Fund !!!

  15. Ann Bugdin Cummings says:

    The Bugdin Family send our prayers and love to Rusty. He certainly is a model of compassion and generosity to all of us who he has helped. God Bless You.

  16. Jack & Franny Kleehaas FDNY. says:

    Rusty you are in our Prayers…Thank you for all you have done for FDNY & NYPD Families in their time of need. You are a true role model in todays sometime controversial sports world.

  17. I first met Rusty in 1975 in Houston, Texas. He is the most kind, gentle man you will ever meet. He has always championed those in need. His work founding this organization has been a godsend.
    You will always be in my heart and in my prayers! Hang in there!! Love, Sledge!!

  18. Rose Nemorin says:

    Rusty,you are in our prayers. May God heal you.May he strengthen you and bless you. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support. You are one of a kind. An Angel from heaven sent to earth to help those who are in need. You will never be forgotten 🙏

  19. Debra McSweeney-Johnsen says:

    My prayers to Rusty Staub for his recovery. Rusty Staub has helped my three children so much since the loss of their father in the line of duty. May God watch over him and take care of him. He is truly an angel on earth. Love, Debbie McSweeney-Johnsen and Children

  20. Dawn McAleese says:

    An abundance of blessings and prayers being sent your way in your recovery.
    With gratitude, always.

  21. Janlyn Scauso says:

    You are an amazing man, your love, caring and support has touched our lives. Sending prayers and love for healing. Always, The Scauso Family

  22. Jean Carey says:

    Thank you for the added healing to our hearts…you will never be forgotten praying for your recovery 🙏. The Carey Family

    1. JoAnn Blake & Family of Ellen & Ignatius V Bell Line of Duty 1960 says:

      Rusty, We were low until you came on the scene. You cared about our loss and dedicated your life for our Benefit We are so Thankful So now you have to gather strength to get well. All our Prayers are with you. We love you Rusty!

  23. Patricia Gilroy says:

    You’ve touched so many lives in so many ways with your big heart generously giving of love and inspiration – may your total recovery be a blessing for you and for us because we love you.

  24. Cathy A. McCrorie & Family says:

    Thank you for all you do for the families. Sending prayers to you “Rusty” and your family.

  25. Tommy G says:

    Rest in peace Rusty….From Tommy G in Riverhead, N.Y.

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